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#BlogTour #BookReview The Ghost of Frédéric Chopin By Éric Faye

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on the Blog Tour for The Ghost of Frédéric Chopin By Éric Faye and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

Thank You very much to the publisher – Pushkin Press for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1782277224
Genre: Contemporary Horror
Release date: 06 05 2021
Price*: Kindle £1.89 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.19 (GBP)
Kindle $13.99 (USD)/ Paperback $9.91 (USD)
Pages: ~ 224
My rating: I liked it.
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: Made me think about cases of people seeing the dead.

Description of the book: Prague, 1995: journalist Ludvík Slaný is assigned to make a documentary about a truly bizarre case. Věra Foltýnova, a middle-aged woman with no musical training, claims she has been visited by the ghost of great composer Frederic Chopin – and that he has been dictating dozens of compositions to her, to allow the world to hear the sublime music he was unable to create in his own short life.

With media and recording companies taking the bait, Ludvík enlists the help of ex-Communist secret police agent Pavel Černý to expose Věra as a fraud. Soon, however, doubt creeps in, as he finds himself irrationally drawn towards this unassuming woman and the eerily beautiful music she plays. Could he be witnessing a true miracle?

How this book made me feel: Do you believe in ghosts? I do, that is why I was very curious to read this book. After watching Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix (S2E4) about people that could see the dead after a tsunami in Japan, one of the people I know, asked her followers on Instagram to share ghost stories, and there were quite a few people who claim they can see the dead. It spooked me even more, but at the same time, it shows that it might be actually possible. 🙂

This novel is told from different perspectives and I could not pick one protagonist in this book. All the characters play very crucial parts in this story and I think they are all very important in telling about the events happening in this book. I really liked their personalities, they are all very different and kind of familiar. 1995 for me was post-soviet times, and I could somewhat relate to the atmosphere set for this book. Even though this book is about music, I felt that the mood was very gloomy and quite mysterious.

The narrative felt quite spooky and filled with very interesting events from the past. The plot is not very exciting and there are not many twists or turns, but I was very absorbed with this story, and really wanted to find out more. 🙂 The topics discussed in this book were war, the ability to communicate with the dead, sorrows of lost love, unfinished business after we die and many more.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, the story was very engrossing and easy flowing. The setting of this book was very pleasant and unusual, the book is set in Prague and in 1995, kind of makes me go back down memory lane and remember my own life back then in a country that just got freedom. (I was born and grew up in Lithuania, and we got independence in 1991) That is why a lot of events discussed in this book feel quite relatable. 😀 The chapters have a very decent length and the book is pretty short. I really liked the ending of the book, it rounded this story very nicely.

So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this book filled with intriguing characters as well as the plot that balances between two worlds: the world of the dead and the world of the living. I really like books about ghosts, so if you are looking for a quick, spooky, ghostly read, I would strongly recommend this book. I hope you will give it a try and will like it as much as I did. 😉

Thank you for your time! ❤

About the author: Éric Faye is the prize-winning author of over twenty books of fiction, essays and travel writing. For his fiction he has been awarded the Deux-Magots Prize and the Grand Prix du roman from the Académie Française. The Ghost of Frédéric Chopin is his eleventh novel.

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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